Coolmore’s merchant navy won the highest Book 2 prize in another strong session at the Perth Magic Millions yearling sale on February 23, with a colt bred by Amelia Park by the stallion selling for AU$160,000 (115,357 U.S. dollars).
As the sale closed with an overall increase of 35% over two days over last year, prominent Western Australian breeder and owner Wally Daly snapped up the mighty youngster – the only lot offered for sale. sale by the father of the first season — a day when high demand and high prices continued.
At the close of the session, the average price of AU$44,489 ($32,075) was up from last year’s completed Book 2 figure of AU$40,922, with the median rising AU$1,000 to AU$36,000 ($25,955).
A total of 128 lots sold for a total of AU$5,694,500 ($4,105,610), compared to AU$5,033,500 at 123 lots last year, although the end-of-day clearance rate fell to 88 % compared to 95% in 2021.
Over the two days, 271 lots were sold for an average of AU$68,871 ($49,654), a median of AU$55,000 ($39,653) and a gross of AU$18,664,000 ($13,456). $300), up from last year’s 250 lots sold at AU$55,338, a median of AU$40,000 and a total of AU$13,834,500.
On a day dominated by colts, with just two fillies reaching AU$100,000 ($72,097), the second-best prize went to the Western Australian-based stallion gingerbread manwith trainers Chris and Michael Gangemi paying AU$140,000 ($100,937) for a Yarradale Stud son of mare War Chant Habenera, consigned to lot 301.
While Wednesday’s top lot failed to match the AU$180,000 paid last year for a colt by Rommel10 batches hit six figures, up from eight in 2021.
Lots higher on Wednesday included AU$110,000 ($79,307) play god fashionably bought colt by local trainer Trevor Andrews, who was in the auditorium but bid online via his laptop in a clever and decidedly modern game to keep his cards close to his chest.
Playing God, the top seller with his AU$330,000 ($237,923) foal from Book 1, was the highest-grossing stallion in Book 2, with 11 lots fetching AU$738,500 ($532,443) at an average of AU$67,136 ($48,403), while awesome rock had six lots selling for AU$375,000 ($270,367) at an average of AU$62,500 ($45,061).
Alwyn Park Stud ended the day as the top seller having sold 16 lots for a total of AU$878,500 ($633,380), while averaging AU$54,906 ($39,586), slightly below Yarradale’s main average (with three or more batches sold) of AU$55,250 ($39,834) for 12 yearlings sold for total receipts of AU$663,000 ($478,009).
Commercial Bloodstock Services was the biggest buyer, having spent AU$322,000 ($232,155) on seven batches, ahead of trainers Dan and Ben Pearce who parted with AU$316,500 ($228,190) on six yearlings.
Magic Millions Perth manager David Houston described the sale – following booming results in the east of the country on Monday – as “two sensational days” that flew in the face of COVID-19 travel issues , resulting in a strong local buying bench.
“Despite everything, we got a wonderful result at the end. All numbers will go up, and I’m sure all sellers and buyers will be happy,” Houston told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“It justifies the quality of the stock going, the efforts buyers have made to find horses and the way racing is going in WA, so I think that bodes well for the future.
“The racing has become more popular. I think we’ve solved a lot of the problems people might have had, and certainly the prize money is good here. If we could get a little more out of those million dollar races bucks like them’ I came to the east coast, who knows what might happen here, but racing is definitely an event people want to attend.
“We had a very local buying bench. I actually bid on a few horses for interstate buyers, but like yesterday the locals were too strong, and it’s good to see these good horses staying here in WA It’s going to improve our product and it’s going to bring more people to the races.”
The Merchant Navy colt recorded in lot 274 in the ring
Cataloged as Lot 274, the Merchant Navy Session topper was the second foal of a Graded Irish-bred mare. Bumbasina whose first colt, Amelia’s Jewel, is one of the first fantasies for Perth’s highlight 2-year-old Karrakatta Plate (G2) in April after winning a barrier trial.
“The Merchant Navy is Fastnet Rock blood, which is some of the best blood in Australia,” Daly told ANZ Bloodstock News. ” And the Canford Cliffs Didn’t do much as a group but there are one or two outstanding Canford Cliffs so this cross is pretty good too.
“The colt wasn’t on my list before I came on sale, but every once in a while you get a blood rush – and it was a blood rush.”
Sarah Brown of Amelia Park said the colt, who was to be trained by Sean and Jack Casey, had a late bloom and was therefore not selected for Book 1.
“To be fair, he shouldn’t have been day two. He was probably a day one horse. He was a bit slow to develop at first but hit his straps at the right time,” he said. she declared.
Meanwhile Nathan Jaskola, who snagged AU$140,000 yearling Gingerbread Man on behalf of Team Gangemi, said the yearling was the team’s pick of the colts over the two-day sale. .
“They’ve had a few by Gingerbread Man, three to run for three winners for Gangemi Racing, so obviously they’re doing very well for them,” Jaskola said.
The Playing God colt recorded in lot 275 at Magic Millions
Andrews made a nimble move using his laptop to buy lot 275, playing god not to win Oratorio castle keep mare. Andrews trains the colt’s 2-year-old half-sister, who has yet to race, through I’m All The Talk and was keen to reinvest in the family.
“Trevor has the half-sister and he really liked that guy, but there were other coaches in there (who) knew he liked it, so he thought he’d disguise how he was bidding. It was sneaky but very smart,” Colin Brown of the Mogumber Park vendor said with a smile.
Andrews revealed that he took a crash course in online bidding just before his move, asking a Magic Millions staff member to “show me how to use online bidding”.
“We’ve had a few mock runs on some previous lots, but this is the first horse we’ve bought. It’s nice to fly under the radar and buy online like that,” Andrews said.
WA-based first-season bull Bondywhich was seeded in Group 1 in Sydney, had a great result when the Misty Valley Thoroughbreds-breds Lot 311 – out of the 2010 New Zealand Bloodstock Breeders Stakes (G1) winner Juice – fell to Neville Parnham for A$110,000.
The highest rated filly in Book 2 was Alwyn Park’s daughter Maschino youngster of Tale of the Cat Amazingtale’s highest producing mare and she was purchased by Todd Harvey for AU$110,000.